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Read on for our semiannual roundup of news from PEAK’s vibrant network of grantmaking professionals, featuring member news, board election updates, chapter event highlights, and a welcome to new members.

Board leadership transitions 

During the past year, PEAK’s board of directors led and served with ingenuity, thoughtfulness, and care. We deeply appreciate the contributions of our outgoing members Adriana Jimenez, Suki O’Kane, and Elizabeth Tabita, and look forward to their continued participation and leadership in our community.

This month, we are thrilled to welcome new board members (from left) Joshua Abel, Janet Disla, and Teresita Maz, and welcome back Steven Casey, Tiauna George, Allison Gister, Gary Romero, and Jane Ward for a second three-year term.

Click here to learn more about our 2021-22 board of directors.


A year in review

In so many ways, 2020 upended our lives and our work. But throughout it all, the PEAK community rose to meet the moment. For our 2020 annual report, we asked some of our members to share their stories and tell us how PEAK is a part of their lives and careers.

Click here to read the report.


Member news
Michelle Greanias
PEAK’s former executive director Michelle Greanias is now program director, RN Initiative at the American Nurses Foundation.

Joyce Holliman, former PEAK Midwest Chapter Officer, has been promoted to senior grants management associate at The Kresge Foundation.

Astrik Tenney, previously of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is now the principal, business development at GivingData.

Tashie Sloley
Tashie Sloley, former PEAK Northeast communications chair, has started a new role as grants officer at the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Former PEAK board member Tiffany Price is now a program officer at Pacific Foundation Services.

Hahn Le is now the vice president of strategic partnerships at the Consumer Health Foundation.

PEAK board member and former PEAK Northeast volunteer Adam Sanders has started a new job as director of grants management at Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

Marisol Inzunza has joined The California Wellness Foundation as program officer.

Arlene Cox of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Lynn Harwell is now the Barr Foundation’s vice president for administration.

Sara Davis
Sara Davis, a former PEAK board member, has been promoted to director of grantmaking operations, insight, and organizational learning at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Julie Diamond has founded Diamond Philanthropy Advisors, a consulting firm.

Adam Cimino, former PEAK Northern California Chapter membership chair, is beginning a new role as grants officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Sam Caplan has joined Submittable as the vice president of social impact.

Laura Romero of the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation has been promoted to grants manager.

Heather Chappell is celebrating five years at Walton Family Foundation as its communications manager.


Genise Singleton, co-chair of PEAK’s 25th Anniversary Committee, is celebrating 25 years at The Kresge Foundation.

Jennifer Pedroni has been promoted to lead consultant at BDO FMA.

Renee Macon has been promoted to controller at The Cannon Foundation.

Lianna Bishop has been promoted to executive director of the Dohmen Company Foundation.

Deb Vaughn
Deb Vaughn, PEAK Allies Affinity Group co-chair, has started a new role at the Oregon Community Foundation as program officer, Northern Willamette Valley.

Nicole Feldman has been promoted to grants associate at the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Former PEAK Southeast Membership Chair Danielle Gray is now associate director at The Zeist Foundation.

Diane Grossman, who co-chairs the PEAK Small Foundations Affinity Group, is celebrating 20 years at the Sheltering Arms Foundation.

Irene Williams, PEAK Northeast officer, is now Grants Manager at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Deb Debbaut, PEAK Midwest chair and PEAK 25th Anniversary committee member, is celebrating 25 years at Iowa West Foundation.

Azuredee Webb
Azuredee Webb has started a new role at Marguerite Casey Foundation as programs administrative partner.

PEAK Southeast Communications Chair Suzanne Philemon has been promoted to senior program officer at The Cannon Foundation.

Have news you’d like to see featured in the next edition of the Journal? Send us an email! 


Chapter news

Busy in the best way! PEAK’s 14 chapters have all fully embraced virtual gathering and are meeting up more than ever, including at PEAK2021 Online. Meeting styles vary and topics range from networking and peer sharing to learning about equitable practices, self-care, and tactical and technical skills. We offer our deepest appreciation to our chapter leaders who make it all happen and hold space for genuine and thoughtful connection. Truly, you are all PEAK champions!  —Altinay Cortes, Chapter Manager

Back in 2020, PEAK Delaware Valley hosted PEAK’s first “Quarantini” happy hour. This May, they held their first “Mingle Mingle Chat Chat” at PEAK2021 Online! During this tumultuous time, this chapter keeps social connection, creativity, and fun front and center.

PEAK Florida hosted peer-to-peer discussions around topics like vulnerability and organizational culture post-pandemic, creating a forum where members could lean on one another for support and resources.

PEAK Greater Washington, DC hosted a session centered on PEAK’s Narrow the Power Gap Principle, discussing how to build better applications and report forms to support and strengthen relationships with applicants and grantees.

Josh Able
PEAK Mideast, Midwest, and Southwest hosted their biggest chapter collaboration ever! New PEAK board member Joshua Abel, grants manager and in-house counsel at the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, led a discussion around common legal issues for private foundations.
Kris Rhodes
PEAK Minnesota hosted “Reflections of a Career Advocating for Health in Indian Country” with Kris Rhodes, retired CEO of the American Indian Cancer Foundation, who reported on the current state of health in Indian country and how philanthropy can help.

PEAK New England convened a discussion on how grants management professionals can drive equity in grantmaking and promote antiracism in their organizations and in their own lives.

In collaboration with the PEAK national team, PEAK Northeast is preparing to pilot a mentoring program. See sidebar to learn more.

PEAK Northern California hosted an informal conversation where members shared how their organizations are operationalizing equity through their funding practices.

PEAK Pacific Northwest continues to gather for monthly coffee hours, bringing members together to talk about philanthropy in current events, troubleshoot grantmaking issues, plan for future events, and more.

PEAK Rocky Mountain
PEAK Rocky Mountain held “The Evolving Role of Grants Management,” an event where members could share how they were leveraging resources to elevate grantmaking operations in their organizations and reaching toward the next level of effectiveness.

PEAK Southeast hosted “Coffee Power Hour” and encouraged members to share helpful tech tips learned while adapting work and grantmaking practices during these challenging times.

PEAK Southern California led a lively discussion where members swapped tips, tricks, and tools to save time and increase productivity and efficiency.

PEAK Southwest and Midwest hosted an event where members discussed the evolution of the grants management model, PEAK’s latest Salary Report, and how to advocate for themselves and colleagues to advance their careers.


Welcome, new Organization Members 

Advancement Strategies & Communications*
American Family Insurance
Dreams Foundation
Arabella Advisors*
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Bank of Bermuda Foundation
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Cape Cod 5
Carroll Petrie Foundation
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Claneil Foundation
Community Foundation for South Central New York
Cricket Island Foundation
Dan Murphy Foundation
DMV Collective Giving Network
Dohmen Company Foundation
DuPont
Exponent Partners*
Feeding America
Focus for Health Foundation
Foellinger Foundation
Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research
Foundation for Middle East Peace
Gates Family Foundation
Genentech
Hampton Roads Community
Foundation
Independence Public Media Foundation
Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation
Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation
JF Roblee Foundation
JustFund
Kerrie Blevins Consulting*
KPMG Foundation
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
National Center for Family Philanthropy
Network for Good
New Balance Foundation
New Spark Strategy*
Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust
North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
Ottumwa Legacy Foundation
Overdeck Family Foundation
Park City Community Foundation
Patagonia
PayPal
Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh
PSEG Services Corp.
Quad Cities Community Foundation
Resorts World New York City
Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
Rosewood Family Advisors*
Samuel Rubin Foundation
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Satterberg Foundation
Science Philanthropy Alliance
Steans Family Foundation
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
The Field Foundation of Illinois
The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation
The Goizueta Foundation
The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation
The Siragusa Family Foundation
Titcomb Foundation
Tony Macklin Consulting*
United States Energy Foundation
University of California Research Grant Program Office
Walder Foundation
WNC Bridge Foundation

*Consultant Members